YES Grants give 4‑H youth and their friends a financial boost to launch community service projects in their counties. The following 4‑H members will receive funding in 2021 based on grant proposals they submitted to the Indiana 4‑H Foundation:
Gabriella Boerner, Posey County
The Fashion Forward project will provide new back-to-school clothes for one child in each county school.
Kylee Bosstick, Clay County
Taking Out the Trash will provide permanent trash cans at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
Lyric Burgess, Hendricks County
The Celebrating Life project will provide lifebooks for veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Alexa Cecil, Warrick County
Blessing Bags for Chemo Patients will partner members of the Warrick 4‑H STEM Club with Chemo Buddies to provide patients with Blessing Bags on their first day of chemotherapy treatment.
Tatyana Hobbs, Marion County
The Monarch Butterfly Conservation Education project will supply conservation learning kits for preschool-age children.
Saniia Hunt, Marion County
Inspiring the Future of 4‑H will be a three-day community event held in diverse neighborhoods in Marion County to introduce youth to 4‑H and encourage them to join.
Reagan Koester, Vanderburgh County
Glam and Grit for Foster Teens is a partnership with the Standup Foundation that will enlist the help of local Jr. Leaders to provide makeup bags for foster teenagers.
Dagny Kowal, Marion County
Wayne Township Jr. Leaders Community Connectors will supply refurbished furniture to retirement communities.
Alyssa Krebs, Washington County
Members of the Boston Blazers 4‑H Club will fill backpacks with school supplies and donate them to the Women’s Violence Center.
Justice Murphy, Jay County
The Improving our Community Park project will involve installing cement cornhole boards and improving horseshoe lanes in a local park.
Kendric Personett, Cass County
4‑H members will carry out the New Youth Safety Equipment for Community Bathrooms project to provide a thorough cleaning and install diaper decks in community bathrooms at the fairgrounds.
Alice Pickett, Hamilton County
Members of The Lost Arts Club will use their grant award to make fleece tie blankets and crochet scarves to donate to the Helping Veterans and Families Indianapolis Veteran Homeless Shelter.
Sawyer Scheid, Monroe County
The Insect Biodiversity of Monroe Lake project will complete research on insect biodiversity at Monroe Lake to present to the community through awareness events.
Marissa Schirmer, Hendricks County
Networking Neighbors will allow 4‑H members to complete community service projects for senior citizens with the goal of building community between younger and older generations.
Mackensi Schneider, Morgan County
The 4‑H Canine Crusaders and Jr. Leaders will update a local dog park through the Jimmy Nash City Dog Park Improvements & Agility Course Addition as part of a Girl Scout Golden Award.
Isabel Sears, Hendricks County
For this project, 4‑H members will partner with Girl Scout Troop 1143 to install a 1,250 square-foot pollinator garden.
As reports (and photos!) are received, we will feature individual projects in E-News and on our blog, so keep checking back to follow their progress. This program wouldn’t be possible without people like you. If you’re interested in supporting 4‑H initiatives like YES Grants, please donate to the Indiana 4‑H Foundation today!
This year’s grant awards were made possible by the Nola Gentry Charitable Trust and Corteva Agriscience.